Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jones leaving UIS to coach soccer at Millikin

Chad Jones left the Millikin University men’s soccer program for the University of Illinois Springfield, and one year later he’s headed back to Decatur.

Millikin introduced Jones, a Decatur native, as its new head men’s soccer coach Tuesday. The 1994 Millikin graduate was an assistant for the NCAA Division III Big Blue in 2009 and from 2000 to 2001.

“It was an opportunity for me and my family,” said Jones, who commuted from Decatur to Springfield. “It was a job that I didn’t go out and seek. I had them contact me and it was just a good situation. I was an assistant there before. It was just a good fit for me being from there. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Jones coached the Stars to a 1-13-1 overall record and 1-11-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference mark in his only season at UIS.

Jones was featured in a March 9, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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